It’s Friday, which means that we’re very much looking forward to a post-work drink, and also that it’s time for our regular roundup of new music to get your hands on this week. Today we’ve got a rather lovely meandering ten-minute single from Kurt Vile, a great new track from ex-Devastations types Standish/Carlyon, new work from Flavorpill faves Scott & Charlene’s Wedding and Pure X, a pretty fantastic extended mix by Chris Carter… and, yes, Azealia Banks. Remember her? None of this will cost you a dime, so we suggest you click through and get downloading ASAP. … Read More
Yo La Tengo
January has historically been a bit of a fallow month for album releases, but that’s changed in recent years with some notable records (most memorably Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion ) dropping early in the year, and the first month of 2013 is certainly looking reasonably well stocked for worthy new records. We’ve selected the ten records we’re most looking forward to hearing, along with a roundup of all the other stuff — good and bad — that’s due out over the next four… Read More
Of all the celebrity weddings we wish we could attend — and actually, there aren’t many — David Cross and Amber Tamblyn’s ranks near the top of the list. It’s not just that we like the couple, although we do think they’re excellent. But we’re mostly jealous that they got Yo La Tengo to be their wedding band, and also figured their guest list would be a lot more fun than some Kardashian-style affair. So we’re grateful that, thanks to Questlove, we can see for ourselves just how fun the party was. Warming Glow points us to The Roots drummer’s Instagram account, where he posted several photos of last weekend’s festivities. Click through to play paparazzi and see some of our favorite shots from the woodsy wedding. (Yes, Amy Poehler fans, there is something here for you.) … Read More
1. Jay-Z took the subway to Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center for the final performance in his eight-night venue-opening run. And, of course, his fellow commuters flipped the eff out. Watch a video of the chaos at Vibe.
2. Despite taking a beating from critics, Taken 2 ruled the weekend box office, earning $50… Read More
The Sailor Jerry Presents concert series sails on, and the most recent addition to its roster has been most excellent Detroit garage stalwarts the Dirtbombs. We nominated the band’s latest album, Party Store, as one of the most underrated of 2011 during a mid-year wrap-up, and our opinion hasn’t changed — if you haven’t heard it, it’s a collection of covers of old Detroit techno tracks reinvented as garage-rock tunes. It’s also a fantastic and original piece of work, and still gets a regular workout on the Flavorpill stereo. Plus, it catalyzed various discussions about other great covers records from over the years, inspiring us to round up ten of our all-time favorites, starting with Party Store itself. … Read More
Among his many talents, Daniel Handler is the master of painting the precocious youth in moments of existential peril — his alter ego is Lemony Snicket, after all, though we admit we like his lusciously written books for adults even better. In Handler’s newest novel Why We Broke Up, illustrated by the great Maira Kalman, teenagers Min and Ed have, well, just broken up. And now, “arty” girl Min is writing her basketball-playing ex a novel-length letter as to just exactly why, following the trail of their failed relationship’s trinkets and detritus — sugar bowls, ticket stubs — until she reaches the bitter end. The tale is as simple as it gets, but expertly rendered and, as far as we’re concerned completely true to the teenage experience.
We’ve all been through it, whether we’d like to admit it or not, so to ease the pain, we’ve asked Handler (who in addition to being a successful novelist just happens to be the sometime accordionist for the Magnetic Fields — who would have ever broken up with him?) to put together the ultimate playlist to help you get through any breakup, whether you’re sixteen or sixty. Click through to listen to Handler’s picks and let us know which tracks you count on to heal your own broken hearts in the comments. … Read More
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and all that. But if you’d rather pass the holiday season seeing some awesome bands than sitting inside gorging yourself on turkey and roast vegetables, then we’ve got you covered with this roundup of the shows that we’d love to be attending over the next month or so (if our budget extended to jetting all over the country to see them all, which sadly it doesn’t). Anyway, have a read and let us know what’s on your gig-going itinerary for the next month or so. We can make it through this together. … Read More
The crackle of a log on the fireplace is nice for those with cozy log cabins in the woods, but for those of us who live in the city, the crackle of a well-loved album on the record player makes a similarly comforting substitute. Now that Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is still over a week away, and sunny, 67-degree weather seems just as likely as a few inches of snow (at least in New York), it’s time that we forced ourselves to embrace this transitional season. After the jump, in an attempt to help you do just that, we’ve rounded up 10 great albums that go perfectly with teapots, cardigans, and end-of-year contemplation. … Read More
All over America, the hallowed halls of academe are pouring forth their yearly bounty: a new class of college-educated 22-year-olds clamoring to find their place in the world. The fortunate ones will have money or vacations lavished upon them by relatives, easing the transition from student to responsible adult. But you don’t need to be rich to buy the new graduate in your life a meaningful gift. A great album, for instance, can be more life-changing (or, for those who need it, comforting) than a couple thousand dollars in the bank. After the jump, we suggest the perfect record to buy ten common types of grads. … Read More
What’s the deal with indie rock’s newfound comedy obsession? Yesterday, we saw everyone from Bill Hader to Julie Klausner in a New Pornographers video. Now, Stereogum brings us a delightful video of Yo La Tengo acting an out an episode of Seinfeld. On its current tour, the band has created a wheel that an audience member is invited to spin; whatever option the wheel lands on, Yo La Tengo has to do. The Seinfeld category was called “Sitcom Theater.” Watch ten minutes of the full-band reading — in which Ira Kaplan does a surprisingly convincing Jerry — after the jump. … Read More